The chesser is also now a lawyer

Salvador: Chess champion-turned-lawyer.

WOMEN'S National Master Aices Salvador is now a lawyer.

A two-time MVP who helped La Salle in winning the 2009, 2011 and 2012 UAAP women's chess championships, Salvador was among the 2,103 bar graduates who successfully passed the 2019 Bar Examinations.

With the COVID-19 pandemic made it not possible to hold the oath-taking ceremony the traditional way, Salvador will take her oath as one of the country's new lawyers via online video conference on June 25.

Still, Salvador, an accomplished Lady Woodpusher, was very happy for her latest life achievement.

:Hurdling the Bar means having a strong mindset and emotional maturity. It allows you to know the people who are there to support you, especially when you feel you are at your lowest, and push you to go further," said Salvador in a recent Messenger chat.

“It includes trying times when you need to stay focus even when things do not go as planned  and be emotionally prepared to what comes next," she added.

Her discpline helped Salvador in passing the bar, which is regarded as one of the most difficult board exams in the country.

Salvador needed to sacrifice her chess career to focus in studying at DLSU College of Law and it was worth it.

“I stopped competing chess since second year in law school. It is hard to juggle both and be good at both. Being a chess athlete helped me be mentally prepared. Since it is a mental game, it helps me to cope up with a lot of stress and maintain concentration even when there are setbacks," said Salvador, who was a DLSAA Lasallian Sports Achievement Awardee in 2008.

There are UAAP athletes who eventually became lawyers, among of them are Ateneo men's football standout Mickey Ingles, who became the 2013 bar topnotcher, and taekwondo jin Camille Alarilla, a World Poomsae champion who passed the 2015 bar exams.

Salvador, who was the lone Filipina in the 2007 World Junior Chess Championship, has an advice for those who aspire to be a lawyer someday, to be ready in a different battle outside sports.

“For student-athletes who want to enter law school and take the Bar, my advice is to go for it. As long as you know what you want and what you want to be, just stay focus and keep your student-athlete discipline, definitely, you can achieve it,” said Salvador.